DEFRA – NUCLEAR POWER & CLIMATE CHANGE – 18 December 2007

Dr Julian Lewis: I hope that the Secretary of State will forgive me if I missed the answer to my question in an earlier exchange, but to what extent did nuclear power feature in the Bali discussions? What assessment have he and his ministerial colleagues made of the positive input that civil nuclear power could make to helping this country cut its contribution to global warming?

[The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Hilary Benn): I cannot recollect anyone raising that question in the course of discussions and, from memory, I do not think that civil nuclear power figures in the agreement. Although it is tempting to prejudge the consultation that has been taking place, the hon. Gentleman will have to wait until after Christmas for the outcome. However, in the fight against dangerous climate, we are all having to think about things that we did not have to think about before.]